19th-century photographic representations of women tend to reflect societal constraints — subservience, commodification, piousness and maternalism. But for Virginia Oldoini, the Countess de Castiglione, challenging norms became her life’s work.
Most people are familiar with the work of photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt. Think of the famous image of the sailor kissing the nurse in Times Square, New York City, at the end of World War II. Eisenstaedt was one of the first photographers hired in 1936 by the newly formed “Life” magazine, where he worked for the next 50-plus years; his photographs graced the cover a staggering 92 times.